1953 Velocette 192cc LE
Frame no. 17236
Engine no. 200/18625
Launched in 1948, as the motorcycle for everyman, the Velocette LE addressed the criticisms most often levelled at motorcycles - that they were noisy, dirty and needed special clothing to ride - achieving impressive levels of silence, comfort and practicality. Sadly for the LE, its arrival coincided with the start of the scooter boom; asked to compete against Italian style, Velos ugly duckling never stood a chance, even after the sidevalve flat twins performance had been boosted by a capacity increase from 149 to 192cc in 1950. It was however, a big success with police forces - for whom its attributes were more important than its appearance - gaining the sobriquet Noddy Bike as a result. This example was purchased in the UK in 1995 and restored that same year by HP Moto in Znojmo, Czech Republic before being placed in the Museum. The machine is offered with UK V5 registration document.
- This lot is offered with an old style log book and not a V5.
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